I have to admit that, after spending the entire winter driving past all my favorite nurseries and garden centers and seeing them boarded up with signs out front that said things like "closed for the season, reason freezin," this warm spring weather brings out the garden shopper in me. And let's hope that the warm spring weather continues this weekend.
This weekend is Mother's Day weekend which represents the largest grossing retail weekend of the year for garden centers and nurseries across the country. According to the National Retail Federation, total spending is expected to reach $16.3 billion. And, although sales of flowers continue to slump, sales of housewares or gardening tools are expected to increase to levels not seen since 2007. For small garden centers, the weather on Mother's Day weekend can either make or break their business for the entire season. So, I hope for the best.
For those of you who simply can't get out and patronize your friendly local garden center this weekend, you can do a little virtual window shopping by clicking here or on the photo above. All of the photographs were taken recently at Terrain, just outside of Philadelphia in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, by Andrea Geesaman.